IPL 2021 Final, CSK vs KKR: Brendon McCullum sends warning to CSK, ‘We have nothing to lose and that makes us dangerous’

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) head coach Brendon McCullum addressed the players and gave a motivating speech ahead of the side’s IPL 2021 final against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Friday. McCullum was heard saying to the players that they have nothing to lose today and that makes them even more dangerous.

“Imagine things work out and then in five weeks, we’re standing there with the trophy after two wins in seven games. Imagine that journey. Imagine the stories that you’ll get to tell,” said Brendon McCullum in a video posted by KKR on Twitter.

“Experiences that you got to share. That’s what’s in front of us. That should enthuse us, excite us. We’ve got nothing to lose lads. And that makes us dangerous,” he added.

KKR had a dismal start to the IPL 2021 as they had won two games during the first half but they turned the table upside down and came back with strong performances in the UAE leg. With a tussle getting intense between teams to qualify for the playoffs, the Eoin Morgan-led side blew away Rajasthan to seal a playoff berth. The side then defeated Delhi Capitals and RCB in close encounters to seal the final spot.

KKR has won the IPL title twice in 2012 and 2014 and boasts a 100% win percentage in the finals. But this time the challenge will be double as they have one of the most successful teams as opposition. The MS Dhoni-led CSK has won the IPL title thrice and after putting on a dismal show in the 2020 season in UAE, the side made a remarkable comeback this year and some fearless cricket from the franchise has seen Dhoni’s men reach the finals.

For KKR, the biggest positive has been its opening pair. Venkatesh Iyer’s inclusion, in particular, has provided a much-needed boost to the batting lineup and the Kolkata-based franchise has been playing fearless cricket. Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, and Rahul Tripathi have done their job too this season.